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The Monroe County Bomb Squad blew up old sticks of dynamite found during a barn fire in Orleans County.

The fire was reported around 12:45 yesterday afternoon on Transit Road in Kendall. Two barns were eventually engulfed in flames.
Fire fighters learned that the 25-year-old dynamite stored in a concrete block building next to the barns. 
The bomb squad was called. They detonated the dynamite several hours later.
No one was injured. The cause of the fire that destroyed the barns is believed to be electrical.

Police are trying to find out where William Spengler Jr. obtained the 30 round ammunition magazines he used in the Webster Christmas Eve killings.  
In a letter he left behind before the attack, Spengler said that he had another person purchase the high capacity magazines for his Bushmaster assault rifle out of state.  He mentions someone other than Dawn Nguyen, who is accused of purchasing his assault rifle and a shotgun.  
Spengler shot and killed two first responders when they arrived to battle fires he had started in his Webster home.

On the police blotter:

Kenneth Lathrop Jr. of Ellicott St., Batavia:
He was sent to jail following a traffic stop on Clinton Street.
BPD says they discovered Lathrop was driving while his license was suspended. 
That sent him to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Michael Sigl of Pratt Road, Batavia:
He was arrested on a charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Deputies say they stopped Sigl on Veteran’s Memorial Drive. They said Sigl was driving with a 14-month old child on his lap, not in a car seat.

A retired State Police major is taking over as head of security at Erie County Medical Center.  Retired Major Christopher Cummings supervised nearly 400 troopers and civilians at Troop A headquarters in Batavia. Cummings spent nearly three decades with the State Police. One of his first duties in the new job is to review and redesign security and safety measures at the hospital.
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